Y for Y-Chromosome
Today, let me take you back to your school days and early biology classes. Remember the one on human anatomy and reproductive system? It’s okay if it’s too hard but a little ‘xy-xx’ for thought from those interesting classes. Each cell of a human body normally contains 23 pairs of chromosomes of which 22 pairs are same for both males and females. The 23rd one is the sex determining chromosome pair and it is XX for females and XY for males.
An unfertilized egg, prior to conception carries an X chromosome and the sperm can carry either an X or Y chromosome. When the sperm and the egg come together forming the embryo, the gender of the baby comes down to this simple choice:
- If the sperm carrying an X chromosome fertilizes the egg, a girl will be conceived.
- If the sperm carrying a Y chromosome fertilizes the egg, a boy will be conceived.
So, if daughters are born not one but many times and the parents are trying it out for one last time, who gives that Y chromosome? The father, right? So, how is the woman responsible for not being able to birth a male child? How the sheer pressure of not having a baby boy is thrown upon her? Isn’t it the male whose sperm carried the X chromosome(of course he too had no control) in the first place? But if people come and share their opinion about the woman, why can’t the man stand up and say, “it’s not our fault. It’s in the chromosome where both of us have no control.”
Only the one carrying the Y chromosome can pass it on to the baby and in my mind, this is so unfair to have the woman think all her life that she could not provide an heir to the family or carry forward the lineage of the family who accepted her as their DIL. (my words are almost verbatim cos that’s how I have heard women talking about themselves when after 3 attempts they had a baby boy. It was their responsibility to give the family a baby boy after 3 girls who would become the torch-bearer of the family name)
So, the next time you meet a woman who vents out her frustration in front of you for not being able to birth a boy-child, help her understand the basics of human biology. Would you?
The biological facts in this post are a result of very basic search. I did not study Biology after 10th standard. Experts, feel free to share your opinion if there notice something out of track!
I am blogging from A to Z during April (#402 on the list) and the theme I have chosen is set on women. Some of the posts will be here for you to know and some will be to reflect and accept. Share your thoughts and let me know how things are going. There is always a room for improvement.